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Caracol Mayan Ruins
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Caracol Maya Ruins Tour Including Rio On Pools, Rio Frio Cave and a Picnic Lunch
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Owner description: This 30-acre complex is the largest Mayan ruin in Belize.
Reviewed July 31, 2013

This was undoubtedly the highlight of our vacation in Belize. A key reason for that was our outstanding guide Luis from Belize Nature Travel - Use them - Trust me.

The view from the top of the temple is incredible, With the descriptive stories from our guide Luis you can really imagine daily Mayan life from hundreds of years ago. we also saw weaver bird nests, howler monkeys, a few lizards, and no snakes (in case you don't like them).

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Reviewed July 31, 2013

The journey from San Ignacio to Caracol with 4X4 jeep lasted almost two hours. In order to go there we had to cross a forest reserve and the road was not in good condition.However, the site was more than rewarding.The mayan name of Caracol is Utz Witz Nah meaning house on the mountain.Very impressive place Most of the structures covered are not yet maped. Outside the site there are pic nic facilities because any who go there have lunch and then leave.

Thank Jimtraj
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

We had already visited Xunatanich and Tikal before our excursion to Caracol, so we may have been a little 'ruined out' at this point. However, Caracol was certainly worth seeing.

Our guide (Sergio from Flayva's Bar in San Ignacio) was excellent. We changed our trip at the last minute and not only was generous enough to transfer to Caracol, he managed to get additional guests to reduce the cost. This excellent man has a fantastic knowledge of the area (and Belize in general), not to mention an infectious personality and love of Mayan history. His pride of ancestry and fierce protective nature of the ruins and site, made it all the more magical.

In general, Carcol is only a tiny percentage renovated and the majority of the city remains under vegetation and nature. The buildings that have been excavated are superb and really allow you to imagine what life must have been like so many years ago. However, there needs to be either an investment of revenue by the government to complete the museum building, or it needs to be assigned world heritage status. Currently it is truly an amazing site, with so much to offer, yet has the feeling of neglect and a desperate need for protection. This could be down to the fact that there was only around 15 tourists there the entire day we arrived. It's hard to imagine having an entire Mayan city almost to yourself.

Side note: You have to travel to Caracol as part of an armed escort due to previous bandit attacks by Guatemalan residents crossing the border. Although this hasn't happened for a while, the Belizian government take it serious enough to ensure a military presence. This means that you can only travel to the site at 9.30am and leave at 2pm, there are no other options. Don't let this put you off though, as it felt extremely safe, and also made a fun tale to tell people when we arrived home!

5  Thank Chicago_Boz
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Reviewed July 3, 2013

Visited the ruins on a daytrip with my daughter including caves and a stop at Rio on Pools to swim. Our guide, Luis, was a great source of information and took wonderful care of us when a storm broke just as we came down from the main temple; the storm actually added to the atmosphere. Caracol is a bit further out of the way to visit than some of the other Mayan ruins, but well worth the effort; Im glad we went with an experienced guide--the dirt road is pretty rough in places--we had a wonderful experience and learned so much history; everyone there was friendly and helpful, even the guards that live on site to protect the area.

1  Thank Isobel C
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Reviewed June 27, 2013

The Caracol Mayan Ruins are amazing.
Yes, the trip there is long and bumpy, but so worth it. And the scenery along the way makes the drive go by quickly!
When you first get to the site you have no idea on what you are really about to see even if you have researched and seen photos!
Our guide, Rick, from Hidden Valley Inn was so knowledgeable about the ruins and the Mayans and held the attention of my 10 and 13 year old for the whole trip.
Climb the ruins where you are allowed, the views are spectacular.

Thank Annabel T
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